Skier Liability

Do You Need an Attorney in the Windham, NY Area with Experience in Skier Liability Claims? Call Us Today.

Yes, skiing is an inherently dangerous activity and injuries do happen.  Nonetheless, if you are injured on the ski slope due to the actions of another skier or snowboarder, you have recourse under the law.

When you are injured as a result of another skier or snowboarder not adhering to these Rules and Laws, or otherwise acting carelessly, you are entitled to compensation for your injury.  In many cases, the person that has injured you has homeowners or other insurance available to compensate you for your injury.  Let Windham Legal’s attorneys put our years of skiing and litigation experience to work for you.

Kevin Maldonado has been skiing his entire life for close to 50 years.  He is intimately familiar with the laws, rules, and customs of skiing.  When this is combined with his thirty years of litigation experience in both the federal and state courts, you can rest assured that you are in the hands of one of the best skiing lawyers in the country.   Please call today for a free consultation if you have been injured as a result of another skier or boarder’s conduct on the ski slope.

New York State has adopted the New York State Safety in Skiing Code which requires all skiers to adhere to minimal safety standards and rules while on the slopes.

To be a safe skier NYS law requires you to know and observe the following duties of skiers:

  1. Not to ski in any area not designated for skiing.
  2. Not to ski beyond their limits or ability to overcome variations in slope, trail configuration and surface or subsurface conditions which may be caused or altered by weather, slope or trail maintenance work by the ski area operator, or skier use.
  3. To abide by the directions of the ski area operator.
  4. To remain in constant control of speed and course at all times while skiing so as to avoid contact with plainly visible or clearly marked obstacles and with other skiers and passengers on surface operating tramways.
  5. To familiarize themselves with posted information before skiing any slope or trail, including all information posted pursuant to subdivision five of section 18-103 of this article.
  6. Not to cross the uphill track of any surface lift, except at points clearly designated by the ski area operator.
  7. Not to ski on a slope or trail or portion thereof that has been designated as “closed” by the ski area operator.
  8. Not to leave the scene of any accident resulting in personal injury to another party until such times as the ski area operator arrives, except for the purpose of summoning aid.
  9. Not to overtake another skier in such a manner as to cause contact with the skier being overtaken and to yield the right of way to the skier being overtaken.
  10. Not to willfully stop on any slope or trail where such stopping is likely to cause a collision with other skiers or vehicles.
  11. To yield to other skiers when entering a trail or starting downhill.
  12. To wear retention straps or other devices to prevent runaway skis.
  13. To report any personal injury to the ski area operator before leaving the ski area.
  14. Not to willfully remove, deface, alter or otherwise damage signage, warning devices or implements, or other safety devices placed and maintained by the ski area operator pursuant to the requirements of section 18-103 of this article.

If you have questions or would like to discuss your specific Skier Liability concerns, call us at 518-734-4400 or schedule a free consultation.